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Ciprian Andrei Marica (Romanian pronunciation: [t͡ʃipriˈan anˈdrej ˈmarika]; born 2 October 1985) is a Romanian former professional footballer. He played mainly as a second striker or a winger, but he was also used as a centre forward at the Romania national team.

Ciprian Marica
Ciprian Marica 2011-08-03.jpg
Marica with Schalke in 2011
Personal information
Full name Ciprian Andrei Marica
Date of birth (1985-10-02) 2 October 1985 (age 33)
Place of birth Bucharest, Romania
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1996–2001 Dinamo București
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Dinamo București 23 (4)
2004–2007 Shakhtar Donetsk 73 (16)
2007–2011 VfB Stuttgart 93 (19)
2011–2013 Schalke 04 34 (5)
2013–2014 Getafe 27 (6)
2014–2015 Konyaspor 7 (1)
2016 FCSB 7 (0)
Total 264 (51)
National team
2003–2006 Romania U21 10 (4)
2003–2014[2] Romania 69 (25)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Dinamo BucureștiEdit

Marica's first professional club team was Dinamo București, from the city in which he was born. He started to gain attention even though he only played 23 games (scoring four goals) in three years with the club.

Shakhtar DonetskEdit

Ciprian transferred to the Ukrainian top club and played his so far best seasons with them. He gained international experience, getting to play in the UEFA Cup European competition.

VfB StuttgartEdit

 
Marica warming up for VfB Stuttgart in 2010.

On 23 July 2007, he transferred to German club VfB Stuttgart, after his former club, Shakhtar Donetsk, rejected another offer, from English team Derby County amongst interest from Manchester City.[3] Marica signed a 5-year contract. Stuttgart sporting director Horst Heldt said: "Ciprian is a very flexible forward, and a permanent thorn in the side of any opposition defence, who fits outstandingly into our team. He wanted to join us desperately."[4]

Marica made his debut for VfB in the Bundesliga on 12 August 2007, in a home game against Schalke 04 (2–2). In his first season, he got plenty of appearances (28), scoring only two goals in those (plus one goal in the UEFA Champions League, which led Stuttgart to their win against the Rangers F.C.).

After this first failed season then-coach Armin Veh mistrusted Marica, giving him only few appearances. Things seemed to get better after the sacking of Veh. New coach Markus Babbel entrusted him to play instead of Cacau, but Marica again failed to impress.

Only after Christian Gross replaced Babbel as VfB coach, Marica got a new chance, mainly profiting by long-time injury of Cacau. This time Marica didn't disappoint his coach, scoring, inter alia, four goals in three consecutive matches. (Two goals in a 2–0 victory for VfB on 20 March 2010 match in Bundesliga against Hannover 96, the winning goal on 27 March 2010 away at Bayern Munich and the equalizing goal in a 2–1 victory against Borussia Mönchengladbach on 3 April 2010.)

As of season 2010–11 he started again to be only the third choice behind Cacau and Pavel Pogrebnyak.

On 12 July 2011, Marica was released from his contract at Stuttgart.[5]

Schalke 04Edit

On 28 July 2011, Marica signed a two-year contract with German club Schalke 04,[6] worth €5m.[7] He chose to remain in Germany, despite having offers from Premier League club Blackburn Rovers, and other two French clubs such as Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain.[8][9]

In a match against Maccabi Haifa, on 14 December, Marica scored one goal,[10] to help his team to a 3–0 win.[11] On 29 January 2012, Marica scored a double against 1. FC Köln[12] Although Lukas Podolski opened the score in the first half, Marica made it 2–1 for FC Schalke 04, with the game eventually ending in a 4–1 win for his team.[13] Towards the end of his contract with the team he received interest from teams such as Shakhtar, Lazio and Inter.[14]

GetafeEdit

On 27 September 2013, Marica signed a contract with Spanish La Liga side Getafe.[15] He made his Getafe debut on 6 October as a substitute in the 3–1 win against Betis Sevilla. On 31 October, Marica scored his first league goal in a 2–0 away win against Villarreal.[16] In May 2014, he scored twice in a 2–1 win over Rayo Vallecano, keeping Getafe out of the relegation zone.[17]

KonyasporEdit

In the summer of 2014, Marica signed a two-year contract with Turkish side Konyaspor.[18] On 15 October 2015, he was released by Konyaspor. Marica played only seven games in 14 months for the Turkish side, mainly because of his injuries.[19]

Steaua BucharestEdit

On 14 January 2016, Marica reached an agreement with Steaua Bucharest, thus returning to a Romanian club after 12 years. He became the 59th footballer to play for both big Bucharest rivals, Dinamo and Steaua.[20] In his first match with Steaua, a 2-0 victory against CS Concordia Chiajna, he played from the start and was replaced after 84 minutes. His performance was deemed weak and conservative,[21] as he only managed to get two opportunities in a game in which he was otherwise unremarkable.[22]

International careerEdit

 
Marica lining up for Romania in 2014

Marica scored 25 goals in 72 caps. He made his debut on 16 November 2003, in a friendly game with Italy played in Ancona and won by Squadra Azzurra 1–0. Marica was introduces in the 81st minute, replacing Daniel Pancu. His first goal for the national team came on 17 November 2004, in a match against Armenia.

On 25 March 2008, he was awarded the "Meritul Sportiv", class III medal, by the president of Romania, Traian Băsescu for the results on Qualifying to EURO 2008 and qualification to UEFA Euro 2008 Group C.

He scored his first double for Romania in a 2012 European championship qualifying match against Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 3 June 2011.

He scored his first ever Hat-trick for Romania in a friendly match against Trinidad and Tobago, on 4 June 2013.

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

Source:[23][24][25]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Super Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dinamo București 2001–02 Divizia A 2 0 0 0 2 0
2002–03 11 1 3 0 5 1 14 1
2003–04 10 3 1 2 16 6
Total 23 4 4 2 5 1 32 7
Shakhtar Donetsk 2003–04 Vyscha Liha 12 4 2 0 1 0 15 4
2004–05 16 2 7 0 9 1 1 0 33 3
2005–06 22 5 1 0 9 2 1 0 33 7
2006–07 23 6 2 0 11 4 1 0 37 10
2007–08 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 74 17 12 0 29 7 4 0 119 24
VfB Stuttgart 2007–08 Bundesliga 28 2 3 0 4 1 35 3
2008–09 27 4 3 1 11 5 41 10
2009–10 24 10 2 0 6 1 32 11
2010–11 13 3 2 0 9 3 24 6
Total 92 19 10 1 30 10 132 30
Schalke 04 2011–12 Bundesliga 21 2 1 0 11 1 33 3
2012–13 13 3 3 3 3 0 19 6
Total 34 5 4 3 14 1 52 9
Getafe 2013–14 La Liga 27 6 2 1 29 7
Total 27 6 2 1 29 7
Konyaspor 2014–15 Süper Lig 6 1 2 1 8 2
2015–16 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 7 1 2 1 9 2
Steaua Bucharest 2015–16 Liga I 7 0 1 0 1 0 9 0
Total 7 0 1 0 1 0 9 0
Career total 264 52 35 8 1 0 78 19 4 0 382 79

International goalsEdit

Source:[26] Scores and results list Romania's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 17 November 2004 Hanrapetakan Stadium, Yerevan, Armenia   Armenia 1–0 1–1 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualification
2 2 September 2006 Stadionul Farul, Constanța, Romania   Bulgaria 2–0 2–2 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualification
3 7 October 2006 Stadionul Steaua, Bucharest, Romania   Belarus 2–0 3–1 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualification
4 15 November 2006 Estadio Ramón de Carranza, Cadiz, Spain   Spain 1–0 1–0 Friendly
5 28 March 2007 Ceahlăul Stadium, Piatra Neamț, Romania   Luxembourg 3–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualification
6 17 October 2007 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg, Luxembourg   Luxembourg 2–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualification
7 21 November 2007 Național Stadium, Bucharest, Romania   Albania 5–1 6–1 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualification
8 26 March 2008 Stadionul Steaua, Bucharest, Romania   Russia 1–0 3–0 Friendly
9 19 November 2008 Stadionul Dinamo, Bucharest, Romania   Georgia 1–1 2–1 Friendly
10 11 February 2009 Stadionul Steaua, Bucharest, Romania   Croatia 1–0 1–2 Friendly
11 28 March 2009 Stadionul Farul, Constanța, Romania   Serbia 1–2 2–3 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification
12 6 June 2009 Sūduva Stadium, Marijampolė, Lithuania   Lithuania 1–0 1–0 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification
13 17 November 2010 Hypo-Arena, Klagenfurt, Austria   Italy 1–0 1–1 Friendly
14 26 March 2011 Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina   Bosnia and Herzegovina 1–0 1–2 UEFA Euro 2012 Qualification
15. 3 June 2011 Giulești-Valentin Stănescu, Bucharest, Romania   Bosnia and Herzegovina 2–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2012 Qualification
16. 3–0
17 7 September 2012 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia   Estonia 2–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification
18 16 October 2012 Arena Națională, Bucharest, Romania   Netherlands 1–2 1–4 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification
19. 4 June 2013 Arena Națională, Bucharest, Romania   Trinidad and Tobago 1–0 4–0 Friendly
20. 2–0
21. 4–0
22 6 September 2013 Arena Națională, Bucharest, Romania   Hungary 1–0 3–0 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification
23. 15 October 2013 Arena Națională, Bucharest, Romania   Estonia 1–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification
24. 2–0
25 7 September 2014 Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus, Greece   Greece 1–0 1–0 UEFA Euro 2016 Qualification

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

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